Skip to main content Accesibility Help

Record of the goblin shark Mitsukurina owstoni (Chondrichthyes: Lamniformes: Mitsukurinidae) from the south-western Atlantic

  • Getulio Rincon (a1), Teodoro Vaske (a2) and Otto B.F. Gadig (a2)

This paper reports the first well-documented specimen of the goblin shark, Mitsukurina owstoni in the south-western Atlantic, based on a mature male measuring 3152 mm total length, caught on 27 November 2008 off the Rio de Janeiro coast, south-east Brazil.

Corresponding author
Correspondence should be addressed to: O.B.F. Gadig, UNESP, Campus Experimental do Litoral Paulista, Praça Infante Dom Henrique s/n, CEP 11330-900, São Vicente, São Paulo, Brazil email:
Hide All
Bass, A.J., D'Aubrey, J.D. and Kistnasamy, N. (1975) Sharks of the east coast of southern Africa. IV. The families Odontaspididae, Scapanorhynchidae, Isuridae, Cetorhinidae, Alopiidae, Orectolobidae and Rhiniodontidae. Investigational Report of the Oceanographic Research Institute 39, 1102.
Bean, B.A. (1905) Notes on an adult goblin shark (Mitsukurina owstoni) of Japan. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 28, 815818.
Bragança, D.C. (1904) Ichtiologia. II. Esqualos obtidos nas costas de Portugal durante as campanhas de 1869–1903. Resultados das Investigações Scientificas feitas à Bordo do Yacht Amélia, Lisboa, 107 pp.
Cadenat, J. and Blache, J. (1981) Requins de Méditerranée et d'Atlantique. Paris: Office de la Recherche Scientifique et Technique d'Outre-Mer.
Compagno, L.J.V. (2001) Sharks of the world. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of shark species known to date. Bullhead, mackerel and carpet sharks (Heterodontiformes, Lamniformes and Orectolobiformes). FAO Species Catalogue for Fishery Purposes 1, 1269.
Davison, V. and Van Berkel, J.G.J.M. (1985) Further additions to the records of marine fishes from Kaikoura. Mauri Ora 12, 147150.
Duffy, C.A.J. (1997) Further records of the goblin shark, Mitsukurina owstoni (Lamniformes: Mitsukurinidae), from New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 24, 167171.
Fowler, H.W. (1941) Contributions to the biology of Philippine Archipelago and adjacent regions. Bulletin of the United States National Museum 13, 1879.
Glover, C.J.M. (1976) The goblin shark, Scapanorhynchus owstoni (Jordan, 1898): confirmation of the first Australian record. South Australian Naturalist 50, 5962.
Grijalba-Bendeck, M. and Acevedo, K. (2009) Mitsukurina owstoni Jordan (Chondrichthyes: Mitsukurinidae) primer registro para El Caribe colombiano. Boletin de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras 38, 211215.
Holanda, F.C.A.F. and Asano-Filho, M. (2008) Registro de ocorrência do tubarão duende Mitsukurina owstoni (Jordan, 1898) (Lamniformes, Mitsukurinidae) na costa Norte do Brasil. Arquivos de Ciências do Mar 41, 101104.
Hussakof, L. (1909) A new goblin shark, Scapanorhynchus jordani, from Japan. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 26, 257262.
Jordan, D.S. (1898) Description of a species of fish (Mitsukurina owstoni) from Japan, the type of a distinct family of lamnoid sharks. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences (Zoology) 1, 199202.
Kobayashi, H., Yamaguchi, Y., Nonoda, T., Izawa, K. and Ban, H. (1982) The sharks caught on the continental shelf and slope in Kumano Nada region along the Pacific coast of Japan. Bulletin of the Faculty of Fisheries Mie University 9, 101123.
Kukuev, E.I. (1982) Fish fauna of the Corner Mountains and New England submarine ridge in the western North Atlantic. In Parin, N.V. (ed.) Poorly known fishes of the open ocean. Moscow: Institute of Oceanology Academy of Sciences of the USSR, pp. 92109.
Last, P.R. and Stevens, J.D. (2009) Sharks and rays of Australia. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Lee, P.F. and Shao, K.T. (2010) Two new records of lamniform shark from the waters adjacent to Taiwan. Journal of the Fisheries Society of Taiwan 36, 303311.
Masay, H., Sato, Y. and Aoki, M. (1973) The brain of Mitsukurina owstoni. Journal für Hirnforschung 14, 493500.
Miranda-Ribeiro, A. (1915) Fauna Braziliense. Peixes. V. (Eleutherobranchios Aspirophoros) Physoclisti. Archivos do Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro 17, 25.
Parsons, G.R., Ingram, G.W. Jr. and Havard, R. (2002) First record of the goblin shark Mitsukurina owstoni, Jordan (Family Mitsukurinidae) in the Gulf of Mexico. Southeastern Naturalist 1, 189192.
Piotrovskiy, A.S. and Prut'ko, V.G. (1980) The occurrence of the goblin shark, Scapanorhynchus owstoni (Chondrichthyes, Scapanorhynchidae), in the Indian Ocean. Journal of Ichthyology 20, 124125.
Quéro, J.C. (1972) Capture de deux Scapanorhynchus owstoni (Jordan, 1898) (Selachii, Scapanorhynchidae) par des chalutiers de la Rochelle. Annales de la Société des Sciences Naturelles de la Charente Maritime 5, 168170.
Quéro, J.C., Verron, R. and Cattin, Y. (1976) Observations ichthyologiques effectuées au port de la Rochelle en 1975. Annales de la Société des Sciences Naturelles de la Charente Maritime 6, 117190.
Shimada, K. and Seigel, J.A. (2005) The relationship between the tooth size and total body length in the goblin shark, Mitsukurina owstoni (Lamniformes: Mitsukurinidae). Journal of Fossil Research 38, 4956.
Soto, J.M.R and Mincarone, M.M. (2004) Collections of the Museu Oceanográfico do Vale do Itajaí. I. Catalogo of Cartilaginous Fishes, Mixini, Cephalaspidomorphi, Elasmobranchii, Holocephali. Mare Magnum 2, 1125.
Stevens, J.D. and Paxton, J.R. (1985) A new record of the goblin shark, Mitsukurina owstoni (Family Mitsukurinidae), from eastern Australia. Proceedings of the Linnaean Society of New South Wales 108, 3745.
Stewart, A.L. and Clark, M.R. (1988) Records of three families and four species of fish new to the New Zealand fauna. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 15, 577583.
Ugoretz, J.K. and Seigel, J.A. (1999) First eastern Pacific record of the goblin shark, Mitsukurina owstoni (Lamniformes, Mitsukurinidae). California Fish and Game 85, 118120.
Uyeno, T. and Sasaki, K. (1983) Mitsukurina owstoni Jordan, 1898. In Uyeno, T., Matsuura, K. and Fujii, E. (eds) Fishes trawled off Suriname and French Guiana. Tokyo: Japan Marine Fishery Resource Research Center, p. 48.
Yano, K., Miya, M., Ayzawa, M. and Noichi, T. (2007) Some aspects of the biology of the goblin shark, Mitsukurina owstoni, collected from the Tokyo Submarine Canyon and adjacent waters, Japan. Ichthyological Research 54, 388398.
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Marine Biodiversity Records
  • ISSN: -
  • EISSN: 1755-2672
  • URL: /core/journals/marine-biodiversity-records
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *



Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed